Playing through a Final Fantasy game is no simple ordeal. Generally ranging from 40 to 60 hours long, one would hope that each game in the series provides a tolerable group of adventurers to get to know along the way.
Some succeed, some excel, and some fall flat on their face. Who knows where Final Fantasy XV will end up on the hierarchy, but the newest group has some large shoes to fill as the cast of every Final Fantasy game is the first thing to be scrutinized by the series' rabidly loyal fanbase.
Square Enix has released a brief synopsis of the plot and character description of each character that will be accompanying you on this latest quest.
The only crystal left to the world lies in the Kingdom of Lucis. Upon striking a peace with the garrison state of Niflheim, Lucis rejoices in having at last brought the cold war to a close. Their celebrations, however, are premature. Under the guise of amity, Niflheim dispels the anti-armament runewall and launches a full-scale invasion of the kingdom. The peaceful lives Crown Prince Noctis and his entourage once knew are consumed by the flames of war as they struggle to mount a resistance.Character Descriptions
• Noctis Lucis Caelum: A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others' deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while "Noct" may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him.
• Gladiolus Amicitia: As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. "Gladio" shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood.
• Ignis Scientia: Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis's brusqueness with others.
• Prompto Argentum: The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause.
• Cor Leonis: A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis's devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis's retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same.
Lots of mystery remains surrounding these misfits, but no doubt their past will be explored through copious amounts of melodrama that the series is known for.
The only remaining secret I think we should by now is the name of the emo-rock band they belong to. Or did they just call each other to coordinate that fabulous black getup? This is Japan after all, so they must have used LINE.
Call me a little cynical, since the fashion does match the monochromatic style the game is going for, but I am used to crazy vibrant character in my Final Fantasy games who tend to choose their digs by jumping head first into a dumpster of Jpop idol hand-me-downs.
The clothing design for this game and lack of anything to really distinguish the characters from one another is already rubbing me the wrong way. Or I might just be trying to lower my standards so Final Fantasy XV will blow me away. It worked for Final Fantasy X, after all.
Final Fantasy XV will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2014.